Artificial sweeteners can make you fat, even more than if you did not follow a diet, contrary to what they are supposed to avoid , this type of supplements to sweeten meals can make those who consume them as part of their daily intake fat.

The benefits of sweetening meals with healthy foods

Consulting different opinions of nutritionists, it is clear to us that what we consider “healthy eating” today is not the same as it was a few years ago. And we do not know what it will be like in the future, since research on food is constantly being carried out, shedding new light on its properties or lack thereof.

What we know at this point is that it is always more convenient to eat unprocessed foods: natural foods, any of them, maintain their properties in terms of vitamins, fibers, proteins, minerals. Also, they do not have chemical preservatives, which are bad for our health.

Refined sugar can make you fat

The refined sugars , for example, not only fat, but are also harmful to health and do not provide any nutrients. Refined sugar is obtained from cane or beet, through a chemical process by which natural fibers and proteins are removed from these foods.

The effect of sugar is an increase in blood glucose , which causes a feeling of well-being. But accumulation can bring various disorders, even without us noticing it and can cause you to gain weight and gain unhealthy weight.

Sweeten food in a healthy way

Replacing sugar with sweetener is not an option : sweeteners are synthetic, so they are ultimately as bad or worse than sugar. But there are natural products that are not fattening and serve perfectly to sweeten , such as stevia or stevia, a plant native to America, which also helps lower triglycerides. You can also use pure honey , of course, which is not only natural but has many properties.

For cooking, there are also sugar replacements, which will not make you fat, although you can only replace a part of the amount of sugar indicated in the recipe.

* The following foods should be consumed in moderation, they will not necessarily make you lose weight, but they are a natural substitute for sugar, but if they are consumed deliberately they can prevent you from losing weight.

  1. Natural malt syrup (it only has 30% carbohydrates from sugar) works in cakes, sweets and cookies.
  2. Residual molasses can be used for oven-safe preparations and contains calcium, potassium, chromium, and a large amount of iron.
  3. Brown rice syrup can be used for cookies and puddings
  4. Dehydrated and ground stevia: much sweeter than sugar, it is also used for cooking and has zero calories, you must be careful when choosing stevia, since it should not be refined and for your reference, its color should be greenish when it is natural stevia .
  5. Coconut sugar , this is considered one of the best foods to supplant sugar due to its many properties, it is rich in iron and magnesium, as well as having enzymes that facilitate digestion. This is an alternative but it should not be consumed every day and it is better to do it in small quantities.
  6. Dates , these have large amounts of fiber, which prevent the sugars contained in this and other foods from being absorbed, favoring the reduction of blood sugar.

There are many more natural sweeteners to replace sugar in your diet, and these will not only prevent you from gaining weight but will also provide a healthy contribution to your body by preventing the havoc that the use of white sugar can cause, which is known as the sweet thief of life .

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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